Helen Mitchell
Founder/CEO
SMR


Articles and Information

The 7 Benefits of Strategic Planning
If you don’t know where you are going, then any road will take you there.  Strategy is one of the most misunderstood terms in business today.  For some, “Strategy” and “Strategic Planning” is an event that is done once a year which results in a report.  Others think it is market position, operational effectiveness or an idea or business model.  Strategic planning is a process to produce innovative and creative ideas which serve as the core framework for the company and designing its’ future.  Strategic planning can have an immediate influence on your company and organization.  What have you been missing? 

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5 Tips to Developing your “Business Traction?”
"Business Traction" is the ability of a business to effortlessly pull itself with power and purpose past its goals and objectives.  In other words, the business is firing on all cylinders and just seems to be clicking along.  Time, money and programs yield a return much greater than the investment.  With growth and changing market expectations, demands are being placed upon businesses that are exceeding the capabilities or capacities of the business. 

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Top 7 Strategic Planning Mistakes
Data shows that 90% of strategy plans are never effectively implemented and 30% of those companies on the top of their industry won’t be there in five years.  What separates the leaders from the laggards?  There are 7 common mistakes which trap companies into being a planning fatality statistic. 

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Top 7CEO Mistakes

Leadership is one of the more commonly used terms in business with more books and articles written on this topic than most anything else.  After years of working with CEO’s and executives across different industries and company sizes, I have found that each person’s style and leadership is different but when they capitalize on their own unique strengths they are quite powerful.  But I have also observed that all great leaders share the possibility of making the same seven most common mistakes. 

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Developing your company Purpose, Vision, Mission and Values
You can’t have a compelling value proposition and differentiation if you do not know who you are, why you exist, and the purpose and function of the company.  Consider your purpose, vision, mission and values the cornerstone of your company.  From here your company will have the focus and foundation from which to align all future strategies, tactics and policies.

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Corporate Culture and Business Success
So what’s all the fuss about corporate culture?   What does it really mean?  How does it affect your business success?  What can you do about it?  Did you know that culture impacts your brand?  Your ability to retain and recruit top quality individuals?  Your company valuation?  

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